New book set to be a winner with Leeds United fanzine readers

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He helped kick off one of the football publishing world’s longest running success stories more than 25 years ago.

Now Ian Dobson, a key player in the early days of Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball, is giving Elland Road regulars the perfect chance to enjoy some Whites-tinged nostalgia.

He has put together a 320-page book featuring the pick of the material from the fanzine’s first two decades – a period which saw United contriving to undertake one of the most dramatic rise and falls in the history of the game.

Ian, 56, who was instrumental in the launch of the fanzine and served as its editor until 2008, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I hope this collection captures life at Elland Road as it actually was, in a way that writing with hindsight can never properly recreate.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while but [Leeds writer and publisher] Mick McCann encouraged me to get on and finally do it.

“I’ve tried to include pieces that tell the story of what happened at Leeds United during the 20 years that followed the first edition.

“There are also match reports and plenty of cartoons as well as some choice language and a few bits that would struggle to get by the PC police these days, but it was over 20 years ago and there’s no point rewriting history.

“Love it or loathe it, I’m proud to have played my part in giving a voice to the fans.

“If you’d told me at the start that we’d still be talking about it after 25 years, though, I would never have believed you!”

First published during United’s legendary promotion-winning campaign of 1989-90, The Square Ball’s debut issue featured an interview with the club’s midfield hardman and cult hero of the time, Vinnie Jones.

Its modern-day incarnation was named the country’s best fanzine in last year’s annual Football Supporters’ Federation Awards.

The Square Ball: The First Twenty Years of the Leeds United Fanzine is published by Flowmotion Press, priced £14.99 paperback.

It is available now for purchase from Amazon and is also due to go on sale from the shop section of the www.thesquareball.net website.

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